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Beetle ID - Bruchidius terrenus

Beetle ID - Bruchidius terrenus
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
October 14, 2007
Very small beetle which I only got one picture of. Hope it's enough for an ID.


ID confirmed by Boris B├╝che

Moved from Acanthoscelides.


Look at
It might be a Chrysomelid in the subfamily Bruchinae - the seed weevils. They're not related to weevils, I don't know why they call them that.

The name "weevils" depends on the fact that Bruchidae have some characters common to Curculionidae and Anthribidae, such as presence of beak, larvae without legs and biology analogue to some genera (Calandra). Later, a closer likeness with some Leaf Beetles has been underlined.

So it IS a Bruchinae? I can't find the genus Rhyncophora...

Yes, it is just a Bruchinae, close to the genus Anthoscelides or similar.
Rhyncophora was the old name of that group today named Curculionoidea, which also included Bruchidae for some authors.

if you mean Acanthoscelides, i concur

That would explain why I couldn't figure that out. Thanks for the confirmation and the extra info!

I'll move it to the right page.


we have same sp.?
Hi, Preston, please look at mine:

Anthoscelides ?
I posted one but catched another one today. The back color pattern (the black/brown areas are because less hairs there, the outerwing color exposed a little bit)is exactly like yours. I will post today's one later. I found at least five on my lotus plants recently. The size: L4W2mm. 12 segments of antenna?
Hope some expert can IDy.

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